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Spanish Influenza in Niobrara County 1918

Courtesy of The Manville News, 10/31/1918


Probably never in the history of our city have the people here been brought to mourn so great a number of deaths than has occurred here during the past five days during which time six persons have passed away.

Pneumonia developing from attacks of influenza has been the cause of each death. Three cases if pneumonia are now reported in the city, but the doctors are very hopeful of recovery and no new cases of the Flu have been reported and health authorities feel that the worst of the siege is past and that with careful watch the epidemic will be over in a short time.

Mrs. A.E.Smith Passes Away
Just before going to press this morning the very distressing news reaches us of the death of Mrs. A. E. Smith which occurred at about 3 o’clock this morning from pneumonia. Mrs. Smith has been a resident of Manville from early childhood and her kind lovable character has made her a friend to all and the community is grief stricken at news of her death.

She leaves to mourn their loss, husband, two children, Violet, aged 16, Albert Jr., aged 7, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Foster of Texas, and brothers and sisters.
Remains will be shipped today to Lincoln, Nebraska where interment will be made.

Mrs. J. W. Segrist
Mrs. J. W. Segrist died at the Manville hospital last Thursday November 28, after a week’s illness with influenza developing into pneumonia.

The remains were taken Monday to Prairie View Cemetery south of Keeline where internment was made.

Carl York
Carl York, one of the younger sons of John York , Sr., of Shawnee, was brought into Manville last Monday from the south country where he was working with his brother Tom with his threshing outfit, died at the Manville Hospital on Sunday evening from pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Moore of south of Lost Spring who were brought to Manville last week to
receive medical attention, each suffering with the influenza, died last Friday, death coming only
twenty minutes apart.

Although these people were not familiarity known in Manville, their case was a very sad one and the sympathy of the community is with the bereaved relatives.

The ages of the deceased were 24 and 25 years. E. Frank Moore, brother of Glen Moore arrived
here Monday to take charge Of the remains which were shipped that day to Alamena, Kansas for burial.

MANVILLE NEWS, May 23, 1918

School House For Hospital

A movement is on now for the enterprising businessmen of the town to purchase the old frame school building located on the corner of Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue for a hospital.

The school board has placed a very reasonable (price) upon the property and with very little remodeling can be made into a modern hospital. The men behind this work can be commended for the work they are doing as this is one of the things necessary for Manville to have in as much as the representatives of the big oil companies are located here, and the oil fields so close to town.

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